Originally Posted by shaunw
Contrary to what others said,cigar is arguably the most versatile
e of the three options you have listed (whiskey, ravello, cigar). I would also argue that the barrie last is more versatile than the aberdeen.
I agree that cigar is more versatile than ravello. I don't think it is even debatable that cigar is more versatile than whiskey. It is, and so is ravello for that matter. For these reasons, I personally would eliminate whiskey from contention. Then it comes down to two very nice colors - each plenty versatile - on two totally different lasts.
The nst style is quite different in appearance when these two lasts are used, particularly if compared in person. I own the aberdeen ravello nst. I used to own the barrie cigar nst. And I have purchased (only to return) the aberdeen cigar nst. Of the three I like the aberdeen ravello nst the best - by a long shot. And this is coming from a guy who, if forced to only keep shoes/boots in one of the three brown-ish exotic colors, would choose cigar.
I find the aberdeen ravello nst to be one of Alden's best looking shell models, regardless of shell color, and maybe the best looking ravello model.
Can't go wrong with any of them, however.